biography

[bahy-og-ruh-fee, bee-]
noun, plural biographies.
1.
a written account of another person's life: the biography of Byron by Marchand.
2.
an account in biographical form of an organization, society, theater, animal, etc.
3.
such writings collectively.
4.
the writing of biography as an occupation or field of endeavor.

Origin:
1675–85; < Greek biographía. See bio-, -graphy

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biography (baɪˈɒɡrəfɪ)
 
n , pl -phies
1.  an account of a person's life by another
2.  such accounts collectively
 
bi'ographer
 
n
 
biographical
 
adj
 
bio'graphic
 
adj
 
bio'graphically
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

biography
1680s, probably from L. biographia, from Gk. bio- "life" (see bio-) + graphia "record, account," from graphein "to write." Biographia was not in classical Gk. (bios alone was the word for it), though it is attested in later Gk. from c.500. Biographer is recorded from 1715; biographical from 1738.
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biography definition


The story of someone's life. The Life of Samuel Johnson, by James Boswell, and Abraham Lincoln, by Carl Sandburg, are two noted biographies. The story of the writer's own life is an autobiography.

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Example sentences
It is not a straight biography, nor is it an entirely fictionalized account.
Like his paintings, van Gogh's biography has gone into legend.
You really should not embark on a biography unless there's an archive.
Except for a few small details, this was practically like reading my own
  professional biography.
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